After last year's successful and well-crafted film "Moneyball" it was only fitting that the Hollywood Studios would rush to bring out another baseball film to maintain the audience interest and hype. The resulting product is "Trouble with the Curve," a film that is the antithesis to last year's baseball drama. Where "Moneyball" was subtle and nuanced, "Curve" is sloppy, obvious, and manipulative; where "Moneyball" seemed to revel in its performances, "Curve" seems to suffocate them.
"Trouble with the Curve" sets out to tell the story of an aging baseball scout Gus (Clint Eastwood) whose contract with the Atlanta Braves is about to expire in three months. The new scouting squad of the Braves led by Tom Silver (Matthew Lillard) also questions Gus' inability to stay up to date with new scouting technology, something which puts Gus' job in jeopardy. But the problems continue to mount for poor Gus who finds out he is suffering from problems with his vision (which would indicate that he can't scout properly) and his estranged daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) wants to get back into his life. And we must not forget the nightmares he has of a dark horse and shack that haunt him throughout the film.
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